I’ve received my Lucky iron fish in the post today. I bought it while I was at home for Christmas after stumbling upon a great TED talk, here’s the short version:
The Lucky Iron Fish project started in 2008 in Cambodia. Almost half of Cambodia’s population suffers from anaemia which is a lack of iron in the blood as diets are limited to fish and rice. In order to improve this situation, 250 people were given iron to use in cooking pots to fortify their foods. Over 9 months and a trial of using them in cooking pots every day there was a “50 percent decrease in the incidence of clinical iron deficiency anaemia and an increase in users’ iron levels.” (1)
These fish are available here to buy, and for every one you buy a family who needs it will receive one for free. I’ll be using it in all of my soups and stews from now on. You can even use it to fortify water. It can act as a nice reminder while I cook of how fortunate I am.